Chester Wedding Photography• Gemma & Dave 28.09.2018
It's the first time I've shot at Thorton Hall Hotel, it's a great venue with a choice of licensed suites or if the weather is kind you can opt for an outdoor wedding in their Garden Pagoda and Arbour. Gemma and Dave went for the newly refurbished Crystal Suite, a luxury art-deco room with stunning crystal chandeliers and colur changing lighting with views over the garden terrace. The day started with a few bridal prep shots, Gemma was all chilled and smiles amongst the chaos, I don't think I've seen as many people in one room for prep before, it's certainly up there with the busiest ones anyway. It wasn't that disimilar when I nipped across the courtyard to where Dave had stayed over the night before, the lads were hanging around outside when i arrived enjoying a late summer's day and the last of the lovely weather but it wasn't long before his room was chock-full of Groomsmen finishing off getting ready, last minute prep and having a quick drink to settle the nerves of course including their young lads wanting to join in and get their hands on a beer too. The Gents stylish suits were supplied by Suit Direct. As the lads headed off to wait in the Crystal Suite I went back to Gemma as she finished off getting ready, helped into her beautiful wedding dress from Dorothy Rose Bridal Boutique in Ellesmere Port by one of her friends. It's always emotional when a Dad sees his daughter in her dress for the first time and this was no exception, it always guarantees a tear in the eye. The Bridesmaids looking pretty in pink wearing dresses from Crystal Dresses while everyone's hair and makup was taken care of by Sarah Ratcliffe and the girls from Thornton Hall Spa. Dave patiently waiting in the Crystal Room for his Bride, their young daughters, Milly and Poppy, both Flower Girls along with the young Page Boy led the way followed by Gemma and her Dad, Poppy almost stealing the show by running back up the aisle to greet her mum.
After the ceremony we headed into the grounds of Thornton Hall to get some more formal photographs, it was great working with, around and alongside Neil Harris Videography,this guy has some cracking stories to tell, thoroughly recommended. As well using the gounds to get those formal shots I mentioned we were also lucky enough to have an amazing collection of vintage Bentley's as unexpected guests on the day so we just had to make the most of it. After a quick word with some of the owners Gemma and Dave were allowed to have their photograph taken with them and even lucky enough to be allowed to sit in one, not that I'm jealous at all! You can see a few more photos of these fantastic cars here. Anyway that's enough about the cars, back to the wedding and the speeches. It's always good fun to listen to the stories and see the Bride and Groom squirming with embarrassment but the one thing you don't expect afterwards is one of the waiters falling head over heels whilst carrying a load of cutlery, getting up looking sheepish then bursting into song and getting the whole room up dancing. Another first for me, Paul from the brilliant Silver Service Singing Waitershad one guest running over to check he was ok before realising what was happening and joining in with him and belting out a tune. It didn't take very long for everyone else to join in and soon there was a conga around the room going on, great entertainment as the napkins were frantically whirled around heads to the song, I love you baby...!
After the singing we headed back outside for a few quick night shots before the first dance, Gemma had wanted some shots in the lovely garden arch but we couldn't resist the chance for them to jump back in one of the Bentley's first. When we'd finished outside we headed back in for the cake cutting, the cake made by Time for Tea and Cakes looked almost too good to cut, I loved the cake topper... FINALLY MR & MRS!! I took a couple of photos of the bouquet by and the rings